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PBS “POV” Lists Essential Documentaries About China

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Disorder (dir. Huang Weikai) tied for most mentions in PBS' poll of essential documentaries about China

Last month the acclaimed documentary Last Train Home, about migrant laborers in China, made its US television premiere as part of the POV series on PBS. As part of the film’s online promotional efforts, POV polled several filmmakers and experts in Chinese cinema to recommend top documentaries and features about China. We were pleased to see that Disorder tied for most mentions among all films, including a recommendation by Last Train Home director Fan Lixin. Fan writes of Disorder: “A powerful and utterly honest mishmash of the most bizarre images from contemporary Chinese society, with an almost cynical sarcasm. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!”

Other documentaries receiving multiple recommendations: Petition by Zhao Liang, whose Crime and Punishment is distributed by dGenerate, and Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang (who also took part in the poll). Strangely, Blind Shaft also tied for most mentions in this “documentary” poll, even though it is a narrative feature.

Not surprisingly, Jia Zhangke was the most recommended filmmaker, with six mentions spread across five titles. His documentary Dong is distributed by dGenerate.

All the recommendations can be found at the POV website on PBS.

Super, Girls! featured on Reframe’s Homepage!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Big thanks to our friends at Reframe for featuring Super, Girls! on the homepage of their site. Reframe, an initiative of the Tribeca Film Institute (and formerly Renew Media), is an initiative funded primarily by the MacArthur Foundation to create a new one-stop destination for independent films with an emphasis on the educational market. Sort of the last bastion of old school delivery, educational film distribution has long relied on phone and fax orders, paper catalogues, and up until recently, VHS. But, working with Amazon.com and their CreateSpace technology, Reframe offers low cost digitization and an online sales fulfillment system to distributors and filmmakers in an attempt to bring educational distribution into the 21st century.

We’re happy to be in fine company with other Reframe partners like ITVS, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Tribeca Film Festival, and POV amongst others. All of the dGenerate film titles can be found on the Reframe site at our collection page here. And purchases are fulfilled through tried-and-true online retailer Amazon.com for your comfort and ease. Thanks Reframe!

Reframe features Super, Girls! on its homepage!

Super, Girls! to Cover Girls!